Archive for April, 2015

Panthers and Bears, Oh My…..

Panthers and Bears, Oh My…..

When most people think of Florida, they think of sunshine and sandy beaches.

And this is partly true, but there is more to Florida than a glorious lifestyle of mild weather.

When the Captain and I moved to Florida …I was surprised to learn of all the different types of wildlife, many of them endangered and many that are just simply beautiful to watch.

There are the common animals like deer, alligators, lizards and other reptiles, sharks, parrots, brightly colored birds such as the Bunting….. and the most beautiful butterflies in shades of blue and green that I have ever seen

Of course, everyone has heard of manatees…I posted about them a couple years ago.  See link below.

Gentle Giants…Manatees…Sea Cows…

And I have posted about the Little Burrowing Owls, the Florida Scrub Jay and of course the infamous Eagles, Ozzie and Harriet…see links below.

Little Burrowing Owls

The Blue Bird of Happiness…Florida Scrub-Jay!

Ozzie and Harriet News!

But Florida also has panthers…. and black bears. 

Panthers are native to SW Florida and many are killed on our highways.

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It is always sad to pick up the morning paper and see yet another death of these beautiful creatures.

In my research, I found that in 2014, a Florida panther was hit by a car and killed, on average, once every two weeks.  

It’s a staggering amount for an endangered species.  

Thirty-three of the endangered cats died last year — 25 were hit by cars.  

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To best understand the issue, you have to start with this fact: panthers need a lot of space.

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“That requires them to cross roads.  When you have panthers crossing roads and lots of people driving, the inevitable will happen.

Plus, by building more sub-divisions, we are slowly pushing their habitat further and further into the Everglades.

The panther below was caught and tranquilized in a prominent Naples neighborhood.  It was given a special tracking collar and released back into the wild. 

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Florida’s black bear population is growing and so is the debate on how to handle them.

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There is talk of having a bear hunting season which I have mixed feelings about.  

Bears, like panthers are certainly dangerous… especially when you have them tearing open the screen on a pool and relaxing by the pool as in the pic above.

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And the black bear likes to visit our parks where they raid the trash cans in search of easy pickings for food. 
One has to remember that this is not a National Park such as Yellowstone…this is the Floridian’s back yard. 
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Many advocates of a hunting season for bears, believe that Florida’s bear population has grown to a level which it can sustain a limited harvest and reduce the nuisance bear encounters and bear attacks. The estimation is about 2500 black bears are roaming around Southwest Florida.
 
One such mother bear, with two little cubs, attacked a woman as she rolled her trash can out to the curb. Luckily, she was able to get away but not before the bear clawed at her and chased her into her garage.
 
And to answer your question, the lady’s home backed up to forests and swamps.
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I have to confess that our home is not near these panther and bear habitats.
 
Our little Cape is sort of a refuge of its own, with bear and panther habitats more in the middle forest and swampy corridor of the state.
 
It appears being coastal and more “citified” with water on three sides of the Cape is a good thing. 😉
 
So dear readers, do you have thoughts on bear hunting season or any wild life that has had to “move” because of urban expansion?
 
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Woman in Gold….

Woman in Gold….this of course is a Movie review and what a wonderful movie!

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I really like movies that are based on true stories and Maria Altmann has an interesting and remarkable story to tell… though all to common for many during World War II.

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Sixty years after she and her husband fled Vienna with Nazis literally in pursuit, Maria found an old picture of a painting of her Aunt (Woman in Gold) which stirred an interest to retrieve the paintings seized/stolen from her family during the Nazis reign of terror.

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“Woman in Gold” was painted by the famous painter, Klimt, and the painting ended up hanging in an art gallery in Vienna, property of the Austrian government.

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Maria, played by the amazing Helen Mirren, remembers watching as Klimt painted her aunt and so begins her almost impossible journey to retrieve what rightfully belonged to her family. 

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In this scene, Maria is seeing the painting for the first time in over 60 years.

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Ryan Reynolds plays the part of the up and coming attorney (son of a Jewish friend of Maria and very inexperienced in International Law) and together they plunge into major battles which takes them all the way to the heart of the Austrian Government and the United States Supreme Court. 

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Maria’s young attorney also comes to terms with his own Jewish heritage, as he comes to a better understanding of Maria’s need to have what is hers. 

I loved this movie and after the credits were shown, the Captain and I just sat and reflected on the incredible story.

It really touched my heart.

Have you, my dear readers…seen this movie?

I would be interested to know your thoughts?

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The Dish Pantry!

The Dish Pantry!

I love to entertain and I love tablescapes!

My new friend, “Pam Darling” ….. asked me the other day how I keep track of all my dishes for my tablescapes. 

I told her if one has many sets of dishes…one has to be fairly well organized or it can be difficult to go searching for a particular item.

I personally find it easier to prepare meals if I am organized and several years ago, the Captain completely “organized” my kitchen with pull out/roll out shelving, which I love to this day.

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Mad Hatters Tea Party!

Mad Hatters Tea Party!

I love Hats and I love Tea Parties and some might say I have gone mad!

What I am trying to say, my dear readers, is I love a cuppa…any kind of tea is wonderful, soothing and relaxing.

I shared with you a wonderful experience a couple years ago, ….when two friends and myself went to this wonderful little Tea Room called The Wisteria Room. If you would like to see that post, click on the link below.

Wisteria Tea Room

It was right up my alley or should I say it’s my cup of tea. 🙂

My very first tea set was the tiny set my parents gave me for my 5th birthday and I have been hooked ever since.

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The television show starring Angela Lansbury…”Murder, She Wrote”…. inspired me to purchase my first set of Blue Willow dishes and of course I had to have a tea set included.

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Actually, my desire for Blue Willow dishes came from a famous restaurant in Kansas called the “Brookville Hotel”, where they not only served my favorite fried chicken dinners, but they served them on Blue Willow dishes with blue and white and red and white gingham tablecloths. See link below for more on that landmark restaurant.

Eight Wonders of Kansas Cuisine – Brookville Hotel Restaurant

If you will note in the picture, Angela Lansbury is serving tea to friends.

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 She always made tea ….using a lap tray for the teapot, creamer, sugar and lemon slices… when she needed to solve mysteries.

I have always loved mysteries and I have a confession to make.

I would make my tea tray every time that television show would come on and drink my tea with Angela.

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Ok, I am probably the only person to do such a silly thing. :)…..but I still enjoy a quiet time with a cup of hot tea…on a tray…which makes it a bit more special for me.

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Which leads me to why I am posting about teapots and such.

I have started re-organizing my dish pantry, and came across my favorite tea set which I had stored in a back corner of one of the shelves.

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I have a green polka dot tea set, an orange Fiesta tea set, my Blue Willow tea set…and my favorite pink tea set.

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I am going to have a Tea Party with a few of my friends.

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I have found these adorable invitations ……and I shall send them out about a week before the Tea.

Yes, I am going to ask them to wear a hat….any hat….and I will serve clotted Devonshire cream and scones, Pink Petit Four cakes and finger sandwiches and the traditional time will be observed between 3 and 5 pm.

And we shall chat as we sip from pretty pink cups….just as they do in  England…..discussing who originated the high and low afternoon teas.

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Oh, how I wish my friend from across the pond were here….she would have inside tips on English afternoon tea. 

(I did find out that the reason the milk goes in first is so it won’t curdle when lemon is added…that is if you take milk and lemon with your tea)

PLUS, this gives me a good excuse to take a break from organizing my dish pantry. 

Have a great day my friends!  I have a tea party to plan…I know I have an easy scone recipe and who can’t make cucumber and cream cheese finger sandwiches?

More to come…..

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Promising Tomatoes

Promising Tomatoes are appearing daily in my little Herb Garden.

In an earlier post, I showed you the beginning of my cherry tomato, dill and parsley AeroGarden. (See link below for that post) 

Herb Gardens….

In fact the little cherry tomato plant is screaming at me to transplant it out into the garden….even though one is supposed to be able to harvest right from the lighted AeroGarden.

…..and my dill is drooping! 🙂

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The other evening when the Captain and I entertained our friends with an early Cinco de Mayo….(Mexican Taco Salad), we discussed my little AeroGarden.

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“Bud” suggested planting the cherry tomato plant in a container rather than directly in the garden.  

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Check out the photo below.  You will see “Puss-in-boots”, (long story with her special name) …the Captain (he was laughing at something I said and has his eyes closed)  and “Bud” is in the hat.

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Soooo the project for today is to transplant the little bugger outside and hope that the HOT Florida sun does not bake it.

Who knows, I could have Fried Green Tomatoes without even using a skillet. 😉

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Certainly, my little outside herb basket is doing very well in a container.

Bud’s advice comes from his many experiences of Florida growing and is relatively simple.

Water the container twice a day, every day. (and don’t forget to fertilize once a month)

As soon as it stops raining, I will go outside and replant my tomato plant and my dill plant in the larger pots that I have already prepared.

As soon as it stops raining.

I don’t want to get wet.

I might just melt!

I am from Kansas after all.

Remember “The Wizard of Oz” scene where the water was thrown on the wicked witch of the east and she cried…”I’m melting! I’m melting!”

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One can’t be tooooo careful! 😉

Yes, that is my weird sense of humor!

Do you my dear readers, plant veggies in a garden?

Have a great and Blessed day!

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Do You Like Riddles?

Do you like riddles?

I just like laughing in general, but if there is a good riddle, I really like that too.

Sometimes I laugh just because…

So grab your cuppa whatever….and play along.

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The answers to the riddles are below, there are no prizes….just have fun!

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  1. Johnny’s mother had three children. The first child was named April. The second child was named May.
    …What was the third child’s name?

 

  1. There is a clerk at the butcher shop, he is five feet ten inches tall and he wears size 13 sneakers
    .…What does he weigh?

 

  1. Before Mt. Everest was discovered,
    what was the highest mountain in the world.

 

  1. How much dirt is there in a hole
    …that measures two feet by three feet by four feet?

 

  1. What word in the English language
    …is always spelled incorrectly?

 

  1. Billy was born on December 28th, yet his birthday is always in the summer.
    ….How is this possible?

    7. In California, you cannot take a picture of a man with a wooden leg.
    …Why not?

 

  1. What was the President’s name
    in 1975.

 

  1. If you were running a race,
    …and you passed the person in 2nd place, what place would you be in now?

 

  1. Which is correct to say,
    “The yolk of the egg are white” or “The yolk of the egg is white”?

 

  1. If a farmer has 5 haystacks in one field and 4 haystacks in the other field,
    ….how many haystacks would he have if he combined them all in another field?

 

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Here are the Answers

1. Johnny ‘s mother had three children. The first child was named April The second child was named May. What was the third child ‘s name?

Answer: Johnny of course

    2. There is a clerk at the butcher shop, he is five feet ten inches tall, and he wears size 13 sneakers. What does he weigh?
        Answer: Meat.

  1. Before Mt. Everest was discovered, what was the highest mountain in the world?
    Answer: Mt. Everest; it just wasn’t discovered yet. [You’re not very good at this are you?]
  1. How much dirt is there in a hole that measures two feet by three feet by four feet?
    Answer: There is no dirt in a hole.
  1. What word in the English language is always spelled incorrectly?
    Answer: Incorrectly
  2. Billy was born on December 28th, yet his birthday is always in the summer. How is this possible?

          Answer: Billy lives in the Southern Hemisphere

    7.  In California, you cannot take a picture of a man with a wooden leg. Why not?
        Answer: You can ‘t take pictures with a wooden leg. You need a camera to take pictures.

  1. What was the President ‘s name in 1975?
    Answer: Same as is it now – Barack Obama [Oh, come on … ]
  1. If you were running a race, and you passed the person in 2nd place, what place would you be in now?
    Answer: You would be in 2nd. Well, you passed the person in second place, not first.
  1. Which is correct to say, “The yolk of the egg are white” or “The yolk of the egg is white”?
    Answer: Neither, the yolk of the egg is yellow [Duh!]
  1. If a farmer has 5 haystacks in one field and 4 haystacks in the other field, how many haystacks would he have if he combined them all in another field?
    Answer: One. If he combines all of his haystacks, they all become one big one.

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Impossibilities in the world

1) You can’t count your hair.

2) You can’t wash your eyes with soap.

3) You can’t breathe through your nose when your tongue is out.

Put your tongue back in your mouth, you silly person. 

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Ten (10) Things I know about you.

1) You are reading this.

2) You are human.

3) You can’t say the letter ”P” without separating your lips.

4) You just attempted to do it.

6) You are laughing at yourself.

7) You have a smile on your face and you skipped No. 5.

8) You just checked to see if there is a No. 5.

9) You laugh at this because you are a fun loving person & everyone does it too.

10) You are probably going to be in a happy mood today.

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My dear readers, keep smiling…laugh lines are the good wrinkles! 😉

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Fiesta Time! Cinco de Mayo 2015!

Fiesta Time! Cinco de Mayo 2015!

Yes, getting a head start on Cinco de Mayo.

I posted about Cinco de Mayo with an explanation of this “Holiday”.  Click on the below if you would care to read it.

Cinco de Mayo 

I really enjoy smaller dinner parties….like 4 people small, and the Captain and I are entertaining two very good friends this evening who just happen to love Mexican (or Tex-Mex) food as much as we do.

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Strawberries, Strawberries and More Strawberries!

Strawberries, Strawberries and More Strawberries!

Homestead, Florida and Plant City, Florida have some of the largest strawberry fields in Florida…and there are many smaller strawberry fields around our little city so we always have plenty of strawberries (Winter Strawberries, Spring Strawberries and Summer Strawberries), to choose from almost all year long.

So when Spring is being touted in the colder climates, …I can’t help but think of fresh strawberries.  (I think it is my built in Seasonal Clock)

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Even while living in the Midwest, at the first hint of warmer weather …I would drag out the trusty bar-b-q grill and make burgers on the grill and for dessert I would make strawberry shortcake.

Yeah, strawberry shortcake…not very original huh?

It was a ritual of Spring…no matter that the strawberries were trucked in from Mcallen, Texas or Santa Maria, California.

This year is no different. It is April so it is Spring somewhere.

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Yes, I have been buying strawberries all year long…but it is SPRING and I started pulling out strawberry dessert recipes from my trusty old recipe files.

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I have three printable recipes below that I think you will like.  

One of the recipes….the Strawberry Patch Bars, Forever…please pardon the pun on an old Beatles song…has a crust much like the Banana Split Cake recipe that I make quite often.

The Strawberry and Cream sheet cake recipe is another quick sheet cake that is always a favorite to take to Church Potlucks or just a picnic in your back yard.

And the wonderful Pink Strawberry-Colada Cake is just dreamy with the beautiful shades of pink coconut just begging to be eaten. 

I love all of three of these recipes…so much so that I had a ladies tea/luncheon a few days ago and I made each of these desserts, which screamed Spring.

Or maybe that was me screaming Spring! 🙂

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Each strawberry recipe is simply delicious!

So if  you like strawberries, surely one or all three will be a recipe you would like to make for your family.

My dear readers, what is your Start of Spring Food Favorite?

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Strawberries and Cream Sheet Cake
Another sheet cake recipe that is quick and easy and delicious.
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Ingredients
  1. 1 cup room temperature butter
  2. 2 cups sugar
  3. 2 eggs
  4. 2 teaspoons fresh lemon juice
  5. 1 teaspoon pure vanilla
  6. 2 1/2 cups cake flour
  7. 2 tablespoons strawberry-flavored gelatin powder
  8. 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  9. 1/4 teaspoon table salt
  10. *1 cup buttermilk
  11. 2/3 cup sliced fresh strawberries
Frosting
  1. 2 cups of powdered sugar
  2. 2 teaspoons of strawberry gelatin powder (optional if you want white frosting only)
  3. enough milk to give spreading consistency
  4. 1 teaspoon clear vanilla (but you can use regular vanilla if you have it)
Instructions
  1. Using an electric mixer, cream the butter and sugar
  2. Add the eggs, 1 at a time blending after each egg
  3. Add in the lemon juice and pure vanilla.
  4. Mix flour, strawberry powder, baking soda and salt and add alternately to cake mixture with the buttermilk
  5. Blend together using the lowest speed of your mixer (Do not overmix)
  6. Gently fold in sliced/chopped strawberries.
  7. Grease and flour your baking sheet pan (I use a 11X17 sheet pan)
  8. Pour batter into the sheet pan
  9. Bake at 375° for 20-30 (or until a toothpick inserted in center comes out clean).
  10. Ice the warm cake while still in the pan and garnish with strawberries.
Notes
  1. *If you do not have buttermilk, use 1 cup of milk and 1 tablespoon of vinegar and let set until starting to thicken.
  2. You could also invert the cake pan to frost and serve the cake on a pretty plate, but I generally serve my sheet cakes in the baking pan.
  3. You could also use red food coloring for a pinkish hue in place of the gelatin powder in the frosting
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Pink Strawberry-Colada Cake
Yummy strawberry cake that tastes almost like a pina colada!
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Ingredients
  1. 1 white cake mix
  2. 3/4 cup liquid Master of Mixes® Strawberry Colada Mixer (or your favorite brand)
For the Icing
  1. 2 cups sour cream
  2. 2 cups powdered sugar
  3. 1 8-oz. container of thawed Cool Whip (or your choice of whipped topping)
  4. 1/2 cup of a 7-oz. grated coconut (save the rest of the bag of coconut for the pink tinting)
Pink Tinting
  1. Remaining Coconut in 7 ounce bag
  2. 2 teaspoons of Master of Mixes Strawberry Colada Mixer (or your favorite brand)
Instructions
  1. Make the cake according to the cake mix directions, using 3/4 cup of the strawberry colada mixer for part of the water.
  2. Bake in two prepared pans (greased and floured or parchment paper rounds that have been lightly sprayed with cooking spray)
  3. When the cake is done, cool slightly and remove carefully from baking pans onto a cooling rack to finish cooling
Icing
  1. Mix the powdered sugar and sour cream together blending well
  2. Fold in the cool whip and 1/2 cup of the un-tinted coconut
  3. Place cake bottom on cake plate and scoop icing onto the layer, spread, covering the side and top of the layer
  4. Place the other layer on top and ice the top and sides combining with the bottom layer
  5. Into a Mason or Mayo jar, add the remaining coconut and Master of Mixes Strawberry Colada Mixer
  6. Replace the lid and begin shaking until the coconut is evenly coated with pink giving the desired tinting color
  7. Using your hands sprinkle tinted coconut onto the top and sides of the cake (you might have to gently press the coconut with the palm of your hand onto the sides...a little messy but well worth the pretty finished cake
  8. Keep cake tightly wrapped in plastic wrap or you can use a cake cover, just be sure it is air-tight and keep in the fridge
Notes
  1. May be kept up to 3 days in refrigerator.
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Strawberry Patch Bars, Forever
A wonderful refreshing strawberry bar with an almost pie dough tasting crust. Yummy! I couldn't help but think of several songs about strawberries, Strawberry Fields and Strawberry Patch, so I combined them all. 🙂
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For the Crust
  1. 1/4 cup sugar
  2. 1/2 cup room temperature butter
  3. 1 1/2 cups flour
  4. 1/4 tsp salt
For the Custard
  1. 1 cup fresh lemon juice
  2. 2-3 teaspoons lemon zest
  3. *3/4 cup of mashed strawberries or about 1/2 cup pureed strawberries (your choice)
  4. 1 1/4 cups sugar
  5. 4 eggs
  6. 1/4 cup flour
  7. 1/2 tsp baking powder
  8. 1/4 tsp salt
  9. Powdered sugar for top (optional)
Instructions
  1. To make the crust, combine the sugar and butter, creaming until blended
  2. Add in the flour and the salt (you can use an electric mixer if desired)
  3. Press the "dough" into a 9X13 baking pan with your hands (at this time you could sprinkle pecans or any nuts of your choice for added crunch)
  4. Bake at 350 degrees for about 15-20 minutes until browning starts to occur around the edges
  5. Meanwhile, combine the lemon juice, lemon zest, strawberries, sugar and eggs and blend in your processor (or mixer) until smooth
  6. Add the flour, baking powder and salt and beat until smooth
  7. Once the crust is baked, remove from oven and pour the custard over the hot crust
  8. Place the mixture back into the oven for another 25 minutes or until the filling is set
  9. After removing the bars from the oven, sprinkle the top with sifted powdered sugar
  10. Be sure to cool completely before cutting into bars, and store bars loosely covered in the fridge
Notes
  1. *You can use chopped strawberries that you have "mashed" with a fork for a thicker consistency or you can "puree" the strawberries (I kind of like an occasional strawberry chunk in my bite)
  2. **I have noticed a slightly cloudy "film" appears on the top after baking and have surmised it is the sugar content rising to the top ...it does not affect the taste or texture of the bars
  3. ***sometimes I add finely chopped pecans or walnuts to the (dough) crust before baking
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Quick Thai Turkey Over Rice

Quick Thai Turkey Over Rice …..made Seattle way.

When the Captain and I lived in Seattle, our taste buds learned to love Thai food.

I am sure you have heard that there is a Starbucks Coffee Shop on almost every corner in Seattle and well, ….Thai food is pretty much on every block too.

Thai ranges from a very spicy to a mild food depending on how much you love spices.

I adapted this recipe from one of the restaurants in Seattle and tried to make it a healthier version.

I got to know the owner/hostess of a Thai restaurant just down the street from where we lived and she was kind enough to give me one of her recipes… which I toned down just a bit. It can easily be “toned” up, if that is your preference. 🙂 

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The recipe is very simple….I use ground Turkey although the original recipe called for ground sirloin and I serve it over Jasmine rice. 

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Since I was going to be using the green tops of scallions (or green onions) in the carrot/fresh herb topping …. I added the white part of the scallion to my turkey, chopping the little onions very fine.

As we know, turkey can be a bit dry, so I wanted to add a few other ingredients to give more flavor. After browning the salt and peppered turkey, minced garlic and onions , I added lime juice, clam juice, soy sauce, red pepper flakes and a pinch of sugar and cooked for about 10 minutes to allow the flavors to blend.

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While the turkey mixture continued to cook, I prepared the topping by adding grated carrots, chopped fresh basil, chopped green onion tops, chopped fresh cilantro, lime juice and a small amount of peanut oil in a small bowl.

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You can certainly use any type of rice you have on hand and I happen to have a package of Jasmine rice that is so easy and quick to prepare if you use a microwave or a skillet as I did.

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Place the cooked rice on a platter and add the turkey mixture …then top with the Carrot/Fresh Herbs mixture and you have a complete meal.  

Quick Thai Turkey

Or you may add a salad of choice, bread or whatever else your little heart desires….it is your canvas, paint in your style. 🙂

The original recipe called for a fish sauce, but as I said, I toned it down a bit by using the clam sauce. 

The printable recipe is below. 

Enjoy!

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Quick Thai Turkey over Rice
Serves 4
A toned down Thai recipe that you can "tone up" or "tone down"....using your choice of ingredients. Just remember to use fresh herbs, it really makes a huge flavor difference.
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Ingredients
  1. 1 pound of ground turkey
  2. Salt and fresh ground pepper
  3. Juice from 3 limes (about 4 tablespoons)
  4. 1 tablespoon minced garlic
  5. 2 tablespoons of finely chopped white onion (I use the bulbs of the green onion)
  6. 1/2 cup of clam juice
  7. 3 tablespoons of soy sauce (I use reduced sodium soy sauce)
  8. 1 teaspoon of red pepper flakes
  9. pinch of sugar (optional)
  10. 2 cups of rice (I used a packaged Jasmine rice)
  11. 2 cups of julienne carrots (I used packaged matchstick-precut carrots from my supermarket)
  12. 1 cup of finely chopped fresh basil
  13. 1/2 cup of finely chopped fresh cilantro
  14. 1/2 cup of finely chopped tops of fresh scallions (green onions)
  15. 2 tablespoons of peanut oil (or oil of your choice)
Instructions
  1. In a skillet, brown the salt and peppered turkey in 1 tablespoon of peanut oil, crumbling with a fork until the pink is gone.
  2. Add 3 tablespoons of the lime juice, red pepper flakes, chopped white onion, minced garlic, soy sauce, clam juice, and pinch of sugar to the turkey mixture and cook for about 10 minutes allowing the flavors to combine.
  3. Meanwhile prepare the rice and cover until time to serve.
  4. Also at this time, add the grated carrots, 1/2 cup of chopped cilantro, 1/2 cup of chopped basil, 1/2 cup of chopped green tops of scallions in a small bowl. Whisk remaining tablespoon of lime juice and tablespoon of peanut oil...tossing lightly into carrot/herb mixture. Set aside to use as the topping for the turkey.
  5. Remove the turkey from heat and stir in remaining 1/2 cup of chopped basil.
  6. When ready to serve, place the cooked rice on a platter and add the ground turkey mixture.
  7. Top with the carrot mixture and serve.
Notes
  1. This recipe is very quick and easy if you use prepared chopped carrots and packaged rice....but you may prefer to chop your veggies in a processor and cook your rice from scratch. I have done both and recipe is still a quick recipe. 🙂
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It Really Is Paradise….

It Really Is Paradise….

My dear readers, I am sure you know how much we love living in Florida….and if I may, I would like to share an evening with you.

The temps right now are about 82 degrees with a gentle breeze.  

I love opening up the house…and I literally open up the house as our “sliders” actually slide back into the walls allowing our Lanai and Secret Garden to become parts of our living space.

It is truly wonderful and those who have visited or lived in a tropical climate have to know the joy we feel on an everyday basis.

1612[1]One balmy evening last week, the Captain and I went to “Pinchers” Restaurant and sat in one of our favorite outdoor tables, close to the Marina.

1608[1]fThis restaurant not only has lovely view, the sea food is reasonable in price and definitely fresh catch…so it tastes really good.

1615[1]This is the view we had.

1611[1]I love looking at the interesting names some of the boats have printed on their hulls, sides and/or backs . This one is called Jamaican Me Crazy!

1609[1] The name on the boat on the right is called the Yippee-Ki-Yea and the name on the rubber raft on top is called Yippee-Ki-Yak! 🙂

1606[1]Inside the restaurant, the walls have the usual  tropical, nautical, coastal decor that is familiar to tropical laid-back living and dining… but interesting none-the-less. 

1605[1]The sign I cut off in the pic says what I know everyone has heard…It’s five o’clock somewhere.

1624[1]The outside lawns and landscaping are very tropical and I wanted to share these flowers with you…the gardeners actually change them every few months…but these happen to be a recognizable flower…beautiful red geraniums nestled among the yellow and green schefflera shrubs.

1621[1]This silvery palm tree is called a Bismarck Palm Tree…and my wonderful dancing friend from across the pond loved them so much, I think if she thought it would grow in England….she would have somehow stuffed one in her luggage!

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And look at all the fun day cruises and night cruises (in your choice of boat size) that are available to us year round.

I have said this before and I will say it again.

I feel the Captain and I are two very lucky people to be able to live where we want and to love where we live.

Do you, my dear readers…. have a special place you absolutely love to live?

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